Higher stress at home: The biggest enemy of work-life balance may be sitting in your pocket

Posted on 07-18-2014 by
Tags: Telecommuting , career balance , Trending News & Topics , time management , work-life balance

Many workers think that they’re multi-tasking when they’re checking work emails while eating dinner or spending time with their family, but, in reality, they’re not giving full attention to both activities. This is according to Larry Rosen, author of iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us.

Constantly checking a smartphone actually causes neurological changes. Once your brain is in the habit of looking at a small screen for updates every few minutes, when it’s unable to do so, it begins to activate neurotransmitters associated with anxiety and stress, Rosen says.

“For your own health, you need to set up boundaries and limits,” Rosen says. “The more you check, you’re just digging a hole for yourself. You’re modeling the behavior up to your boss and down to your kids, and setting yourself up for a lifetime of anxiety.”

Rosen recommends scheduling a certain time to check your phone, after dinner perhaps, and to plug it in—out of sight—at least an hour before you go to bed.

Still worried about missing an important email from the boss? Add an “out of office” alert and have a great weekend. 

The above article is an excerpt courtesy of The Fiscal Times.

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